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Question about a sound card and GPU
« on: September 26, 2020, 01:43:35 am »
Hi,
I have a Thinkstation S20. That I want to use with ArcaOS. I will be buying a Sound Blaster Live! sound card and a Envy24 Maudio 2496 card. Currently the GPU is powered by a nvidia gts 250. I'm wondering if all of this hardware shouldn't be a problem. I know for sure the on board audio work. As i saw a similar spec hardware. That had onboard audio working. In the hardware tested section. I also have a spare dell 4800 with ide. For a drop in placement. Looking to run Arca on this beefy xeon.

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Re: Question about a sound card and GPU
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2020, 01:51:41 am »
I expect the video would be faster if you remove the NVidia adapter.
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Re: Question about a sound card and GPU
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2020, 02:47:42 am »
NVidia isn't really supported, crappy VBE implementation and can't patch the BIOS to support wide screen monitors. ATI and Intel work the best currently. Remember we currently don't have any modern video drivers and when we do get them, Intel will likely be first.

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Re: Question about a sound card and GPU
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2020, 10:08:10 pm »
Okay! What about more modern radeon gpu's? Even though I have a agp x1200. I have for my s20 a 6450 radeon. And a couple of 7000 series radeons. Would that suffice? The intel graphics sound nice. I have a couple of intel GMA boards laying around  8)

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Re: Question about a sound card and GPU
« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2020, 11:19:42 pm »
Generally ATI and Intel are supported. Note that you're still using the VBE driver so not much acceleration, no 3D but on modern hardware still fairly fast.

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Re: Question about a sound card and GPU
« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2020, 04:08:12 am »
I thought the Xeon had the same built-in graphics as Celeron, Pentium, and core-i series. That's probably the fastest graphics for OS/2. You can try an expensive add-in card, but it will probably be slower, since OS/2 won't use any of the nice features of the "faster" card.
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Re: Question about a sound card and GPU
« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2020, 10:46:30 am »
Hi Mr. X,

I can't say anything about Intel units (I gave up using them in the 486 days) but I can say the built in graphics of the AMD Ryzen series processors work quite well with what we have ( comfortably gives 1920x1900 16 M colours on a 28 inch monitor).

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Re: Question about a sound card and GPU
« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2020, 11:09:36 pm »
Hi Mr. X,

if you use an analog video cable and have a monitor with more than XGA resolution, then it might be wise to invest into an ATI/AMD graphics card. Intel has crippled the RAMDAC in the video portion of their CPUs, so trying full HD gives a bad picture quality.
Digital video outputs are okay (DVI, HDMI or DP), but OS/2 might not like all variants (and only one at a time anyway).

There was only a very limited set of older ATI cards where a two monitor setup (VGA + DVI) was supported under OS/2 by the SNAP driver. Both screens must have the same resolution, the desktop can be either cloned (same content) or (extended side by side); I used it with the maximum (given by DVI) resolution of 1920x1200 pixels and 16.7 million colors.

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Re: Question about a sound card and GPU
« Reply #8 on: September 30, 2020, 11:29:39 pm »
I was researching my options to move forward. And found a comfortably priced  ATI Radeon X800 XL 256MB PCI-E https://www.ebay.com/itm/ATI-Radeon-X800-XL-256MB-PCI-E/284012076685?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649. That supports snap. It comes with a dvi and vga. Will i be able to use a hdmi to dvi with no problems? I use a monitor with only hdmi connections. A 40 inch 4k monitor.
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Re: Question about a sound card and GPU
« Reply #9 on: October 01, 2020, 12:26:33 am »
Not sure about the 4k monitor but a DVId to HDMI cable works without problems - I have 2 computers connected that way to a 4 port HDMI/USB kvm switch all working to a 1920x1200 28inch HDMI monitor.

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Re: Question about a sound card and GPU
« Reply #10 on: October 02, 2020, 04:00:41 pm »
Will know in a couple of days. So, I can add my hardware to the successful hardware lineup.

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Re: Question about a sound card and GPU
« Reply #11 on: October 05, 2020, 04:38:13 am »
Helo Mr. X!

I was researching my options to move forward. And found a comfortably priced  ATI Radeon X800 XL 256MB PCI-E ...It comes with a dvi and vga. Will i be able to use a hdmi to dvi with no problems? I use a monitor with only hdmi connections. A 40 inch 4k monitor.

You should be fine there. I'm using the ATI X850 XT PE with a dual-head display (Dell U2412M panels: one through DVI, one through VGA), both running 1920x1200x32.

The biggest question will be whether the hdmi-to-dvi converter will work for you?